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Eddie Nketiah hat-trick fires Arsenal to 5-0 win over Sheffield United

24-year-old had not scored for Gunners since August but found bottom club United's defence much to his liking

Reuters, AP/PTI London Published 29.10.23, 10:46 AM
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Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah ended his scoring drought in stunning fashion with a hat-trick in his side's 5-0 thrashing of hapless Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, who made his full England debut this month, had not scored for the Gunners since August but found bottom club United's defence much to his liking.

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Nketiah, back in the starting line-up because of Gabriel Jesus's injury, broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with a fine finish after a pass by Declan Rice and made it 2-0 shortly after halftime with an emphatic goal after United keeper Wes Foderingham failed to intercept Bukayo Saka's corner.

The best was saved until last though with Nketiah smashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner just before the hour.

A Fabio Vieira penalty in the 88th minute and a stoppage-time goal by Takehiro Tomiyasu completed the rout.

Victory pushed Arsenal up to second place with 24 points from 10 games, two behind Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs on a roll

Tottenham won 2-1 at Crystal Palace as their unbeaten start to the season continued on Friday.

Ange Postecoglou's side were matched by London rivals Palace throughout an even opening period but took charge once a Joel Ward own goal gave them the lead shortly after the break.

Spurs captain Son Heung-min then tapped in his eighth league goal of the season after 66 minutes to effectively seal the points and the visitors were in cruise control until Jordan Ayew struck in stoppage time for Palace.

James Maddison was involved in both goals with the former Leicester City player again outstanding for the visitors.

Tottenham's eighth win from 10 games put them on 26 points — their best start to a top-flight season since 1960-61.

"Every week is a different challenge. The key for us was to be disciplined, and persistent in our play and we did that," Postecoglou said.

Setback for Blues

Brentford won at Stamford Bridge for the third straight season as second-half goals by Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo earned a 2-0 victory over Chelsea.

Pinnock headed in a cross from Bryan Mbeumo in the 58th minute, before Mbeumo added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time tapping into an empty net.

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